Breel Embolo turned in Shaqiri’s cross to take Switzerland past his native Cameroon in their opening Group H match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday.
Neither side managed to score in a cagey first half, with the Cameroonians twice coming close, with Ekambi and Choupo Mouting failing to convert chances that went begging.
Switzerland’s best chance of the first half came through Akanji’s header in the closing stages, but that failed to test Onana in goal for the resilient Lions.
Both teams went to the break with a 0:0 tie.
Three minutes into the second half, the breakthrough finally came.
The Swiss were let loose by Shaqiri on the right, who carefully delivered a low cross to Breel Embolo to give the Europeans a 1-0 lead.
Embolo, who was born 25 years ago to Cameroonian parents in Cameroon’s capital, Younde, has made no secret of his respect for the country of his birth.
Switzerland, who scored the first goal on their first shot on goal, came alive from then on and controlled the ball, although there was no real attacking threat.
The pace dropped with the substitutions as Switzerland passed the ball comfortably to see out time to get their 2022 World Cup campaign off to a winning start.
At the end of the match, Switzerland, the coach of Rigobert Song, won 1-0 over the Cameroon team and collected maximum points.
Today at 20:00, Brazil will face Serbia in the other game of Group H.